A woman in Lethbridge, Alberta was left feeling ill after filming a police officer running over a deer multiple times in his patrol vehicle.
Global News reports that Erica Pritchard was driving with her father on January 5 when she witnessed a car slam into the young deer, breaking its back legs.
When a Lethbridge officer arrived on the scene she was shocked to see him run over the injured animal, back and forth.
“I figured that that’s not what you’re supposed to do,” Pritchard said. “Hearing the deer screaming every time he ran over it was shocking.”
The woman decided to film the incident and share it with the media. The video is almost 15-minutes long.
After about seven minutes, the young deer raises its head and attempts to struggle to its feet before falling to the ground. The driver then runs over the animal twice more before stopping on top of it.
At the end of the video, the driver exits his vehicle, drags the deer to the side of the road and then drives off.
“It made me feel really sick, actually, where we couldn’t watch anymore,” Pritchard added. “We turned up the music a little bit in the truck so we wouldn’t hear the screaming of the deer.”
Lethbridge police Chief Robert Davis said the incident was being taken very seriously and it was being referred to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) for investigation.
“The ASIRT investigation will review the officer’s actions as well as our current policies and procedures for responding to injured animal calls,” Davis said.
The standard procedure should have been to shoot the animal.
“My whole career, you deal with an animal by shooting it,” Davis told Global News. “However, there may be circumstances where that is not practical, and if that is a gap that is identified in the investigation, then we will rectify that gap.”
“At this time, I’m not familiar with any processes outside of using a [firearm],” he added. “You want to end the suffering as quickly as possible.”
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